Information from the Founder

New Life Academy of Excellence was conceived by a group of parents and community leaders who expressed an interest in assisting the Gwinnett County School Board by developing a world-class chartered educational program.  Under the leadership of Alphonsa Foward, Jr., efforts began with a goal to provide a safe positive environment that encourages independent and creative thinking for students through an integrated curriculum.

After much planning and discussion, the Gwinnett County School Board recommended the approval of this charter school through the Georgia Board of Education.  Approval was granted on August 10, 2006.  New Life Academy of Excellence, Inc. became the first approved start-up charter school in the history of Gwinnett County.  The school served over 200 students, in grades K – 3 in 2006 – 2007.  Subsequent school years saw the admitting of grades 4 and 5.  Grades 6, 7 and 8 were added over the next 3 school years. Currently, New Life Academy of Excellence serves 670 students.

About the Director

Mr. Alphonsa Foward, Jr. is a native of Dayton, Ohio.  He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He also has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education with emphasis in Administration and Organization from the International Apostolic University of Grace and Truth in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Foward’s credentials include teaching at three different charter schools.  He was a 6th and 7th Grade teacher at Greater Cincinnati Community Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, a 1st Grade teacher and community liaison at Richard Allen Academy in Dayton, Ohio and a 5th Grade teacher at the Dayton Academy in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Alphonsa Foward, Jr. is an educational visionary who believes that children should be educated in the best learning environment possible to assure that they grow into well educated young adults.  Mr. Foward has successfully complete three charter renewals and is currently up for the fourth.

Mr. Foward is highly active in the community and in his church.  He serves as a Business Manager and Assistant Pastor.